[December 2014] ARTIST OF THE MONTH: The First Ilonggo Solo Cover Artist — Djuke

abzWho would think that a famous Ilonggo Hip-hop artist and dance choreographer would find fun in Kpop as an enthusiast and a cover artist?

Of course, since the birth of Seo Taiji and the Boys, which was also covered once by our featured artist for this month, Hip-hop and Kpop made an irresistible bond that many have found it cool and addictive to watch and listen to.

Some of us do not know that Hip-hop had originated way way back (that I don’t know when) from the underground scene and then evolved hundreds or thousands of times as it became more and more familiar when it was brought to the mainstream.

But we won’t be discussing about Hip-hop and its history because I, myself, the writer, have not enough knowledge about it (you can ask well known underground Hip-hop artists if you know some or watch a documentary by the National Geographic Channel or might as well Google it, perhaps, if you are very interested about it).

Djuke — his cover name as a Kpop cover artist given by his entertainment group DJ Empire, but he’s known as Abz Pajemolin by a lot of people in Iloilo. An architect by the day, a dancer/choreographer at night, and a Kpoper in the weekends.


Prior from his debut in Iloilo Kpop Organization as a solo artist, he was once a back-up dancer of the first generation Iloilo cover girl group R-Me in the Iloilo Kpop Festival 2011 in SM City Event Centre last January 29, 2011.

In addition to that, some videos of him dancing to Taeyang songs were uploaded in the internet. Too bad, those were pulled out now and are nowhere to be found.


His first performance as Jay Park, who is much likely the same as him in terms of body and being a B-boy, was during the Iloilo Kpop Mini-concert last September 29, 2011 at the Red Cross Hall where he also shared stages with his fellow artists in DJ Empire and showed us his break dancing skills.

His first performance video couldn’t be found but here are his video covers of Jay Park’s Know Your Name (EL!TE members as his back-up dancers):




Voted as BEST SOLO COVER ARTIST at the Iloilo Kpop Music Awards 2012.


Winning the title of the THE ULTIMATE SUPER IDOL 2013 last September of 2013 for the Iloilo-Korean Friendship Festival.

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Fans went wild when Djuke took off his shirt in the middle of his performance, and another “Take Off Shirt” scene when he received the award from Manila’s famous cover group SUPER SIMPLE. He showed the proof of his name ABZ as you can see in the picture.

He then became the head judge for the THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT SUPER IDOL 2014 and WHO IS NEXT: KPOP DANCE COVER CONTEST in this year’s Iloilo-Korean Friendship Festival.

Some Memorable Performances:

As a guest performer during INFINITY PRODUCTION’s “iPOP CONCERT”, he performed EXO Kai’s Machine and showed us some dance breaks.

Djuke’s cover of Jay Park’s I LOVE YOU at the KPOP FEST 2012

A collab with Infinity Productions and Ledal Sound artists for NS Yoon Ji and Jay Park’s IF YOU LOVE ME at the IKO 6th Gathering A KPOPIN CHRISTMAS

One of Djuke fans most favorite performances is his cover of JOAH at the KPOP HIGH: BACK TO SCHOOL WITH KPOP last June 2013

The SEO TAIJI performance during REPLY KPOP LEGENDS and the SO GOOD performance during the Kpop Festival 2014 were also awesome and unforettable. Wasn’t able to find links of them though :(

DJ Entertainment and Choreography:

As the oppa-slash-hyung-slash-sunbae of his ent-mates in DJ Entertainment, he usually acts as a back up dancer of their performances. Moreover, he is in charge of making fun stages with his fellow cover artists in their production numbers, and here are some of those:

at KPOP FEST 2012


at #FUNKpop

Djuke was one of the main members of Iloilo Kpop Organization used-to-be representative cover dance group C-UNIT who even performed at I.K.O.’s 5th Anniversary Tour in Bugasong, Antique last January 18, 2014.

Abz or Djuke might be criticized by a lot of people for being part of the Iloilo Kpop scene from being a well-known Kpop artist, but he is proud of being part of it. He would usually say, “Iba ang appreciation sa Kpop” (Appreciation in Kpop is different).

There are some who would even give him bad comments for winning those awards mentioned above saying he isn’t the one who deserves them, but still, though not as expressive as others, his supporters in the Iloilo Kpop world remained stable and even multiplied.

Djuke isn’t one of the pretty faces, Djuke isn’t the best dancer, Djuke isn’t even proud of his age and height. BUT.. a capitalized BUT.. Djuke has pretty heart, Djuke has so many talents, Djuke is the only professional dancer in IKO who even trained with international choreographers, and most of all..

Djuke shows what PASSION is all about.

KUDOS to Djuke!
KUDOS to Abz Pajemolin!

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: DJ Empire Official Page, Danica Kato-Kim Facebook Account.
Videos from: DJ Empire Official Youtube Account

Behind the Scenes during IKO OLYMPICS 2014

If you didn’t come and watch IKO Olympics 2014, then you missed the fun! But for you, we will post some behind the scenes (behind the games) pictures of the whole day event.


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The blue and yellow team were very passionate during the Volleyball game that they made use of their time out’s well, and did a lot of fighting to increase their spirits.

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IKO President Danica went back to Iloilo from Manila just to be part of the event. Tara of 5ne1 who has been busy and in hiatus for months went to give support to her members and the red team.


Red team waiting for their lunch to arrive.



Need I say a word? It’s Troua of course and the picture defines it all.


Coach Airouh (BBA) in the court. Look at the glint in his eyes. Scary!


Our favorite guy Vicente (BBA) posing for the camera. Did you change your signature pose already?
By the way, his name at the back of his shirt was “Vic (Law-ay)” which was used to tease him the whole time during the event.



Sleeping in the middle of the day was Andrew (B2STLY). Where were the ANDREWscores during this time?


Stephy (GeeDee) still all excited even at the last hour of the event. Not to mention, her remarkable cheers and yells for the Basketball game was daebak.



Dory’s (5ne1) HAIR SALON and Markie’s (BBA) Palm Tree Hairstyle.


Where did the ball go?


Coz Miss founder (yours truly) wanted to play even just once in Volleyball.
Louine to Iveca: “Fiber, indi na pag-intra! Maluoy ka sa team tah!”


Blanche (CL/El!te) and troua’s cute David and Goliath moment.


Can you believe who these two were against? It was two guys vs one girl. Merk and Vic (BBA) vs Kristine (GeeDee) — and there the word “threesome” became the word for the day.


IKO Staff long-sleeves competition.





The most EPIC FALL. Guess who’s in the picture!

And those were some of the behind the games moments during the IKO OLYMPICS 2014. If you want more then see other pictures from Facebook accounts of those who attended! And don’t forget to join us next time~

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos by: Louine Hope Conserva, ML Bravo, Maxine Angeles Facebook accounts.

IKO Olympics Results and Highlights

For the first time in Iloilo Kpop Organization’s history, a cover idol athletics championship was held last November 23, 2014 called IKO OLYMPICS 2014.

As mentioned in the previous article, many Ilonggo cover artists and IKO staff participated and gave some fun and laughter to everyone in Iloilo Sports Complex last Sunday.

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YELLOW PIRATES (SHINx, Flair, Bang200, with IKO Staff Danica, Pearl, Anjie and Ai-ai)

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RED DEVILS (5ne1, RuVIXX, After Shock, Jed Lim, Kaina with IKO Staff Dasmille and Cindy — don’t mind Zianne of Blue Team at the left side)


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BLUE PHOENIX (BBA, El!te, Spades and DjT with IKO Staff Mark, Gwen, Jielyn and Zianne)


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GREEN SAMURAI (B2STLY, GeeDee, Project A, Djuke with IKO Staff Iveca and Louine)

Due to the rain, the opening ceremony was cancelled including the oath taking and parade. They went directly to the first game.

Based on drawlots, the teams who fought against each other were:


Here are some highlights and results of the event:



The highest pointer during the whole game is Andrew from B2STLY scoring at least 12 points in two games (versus red team and blue team).

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Airouh from BBA, also one of the best pointers, during the game showed his skills doing jump shots and lay ups. He also lend a hand to the red team who needs a coach for having no guy in the team.

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Djuke (Abz Pajemolin) and Marfe of BBA also showed their basketball skills during the game. And not just that, they are the rivals during the event. They played head to head in basketball, and they were also the last runners of their teams during the baton relay.

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Another unexpected player during the event was yellow team’s no.33, a member of BANG200. He was fast and precise that made the game against the blue team more challenging.

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The Green Samurai team was the winner of the Basketball Game scoring 26:20 against the Blue Phoenix. The Green Samurai Basketball team was made up of B2STLY members Troua, Andrew, Oliver, Zanny and Jibih with Irish of GeeDee and Shannen of Project A, and Djuke.


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The Tug of War was turned into one of Korea’s traditional games “Chicken Fight”. Many did not know how to play the game at first, but turned out to be really good at it.

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Best Chicken Fighters were: The one who used his stable build — Vicente of BBA from Blue Team, The very strategic and fierce fighter — Jed Lim from Red Team, The one who stayed quiet until no one’s left — Darren of Bang 200 from Yellow Team, and the only fierce girl who stayed alive until the end — Kristine of GeeDee from Green Team.

Yellow Team was the winner of the Chicken Fight. It was a close and intense fight between the two members of Bang200 and Jed Lim.


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The most flexible people from each team fought for the Chinese Garter Game. The first place went to Djuke who successfully made flips to pass the highest stage. 2nd goes to the Yellow Pirates, 3rd to the Blue Phoenix and last to the Red Devils.


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Green Samurai’s ace was JV of B2STLY. He helped the team win with his powerful spikes.

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Blue Phoenix was so enthusiastic with this game that IKO Staff Mark who is one of their ace players had a minor accident while playing the game. Fortunately, he was not injured and was able to come back during the next set.

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The Red Devils still fought despite lacking members to sub. Though they didn’t win the game, they fought a good fight against the green team.

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The Yellow Pirates were unexpectedly great players. Turned out that they are varsity and used-to-be players during their school days including IKO current president, Danica Saplagio.

The championship round was full of excitement as Green and Yellow Team played against each other even causing TIEs for three times during the first set. Green Team was the winner of this category.


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Blue Phoenix won in the Baton Relay when Marfe of BBA overtook Djuke from Green Samurai for a couple of milliseconds.


The MVP awards were given to the male and female players who showed their competitiveness, reliability and talent during the whole day event.

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MVP Yeoja was Shannen of Project A from Green Samurai, and MVP Namja was Airouh of BBA from Blue Phoenix.

These are the over-all scores of each team:

1st Place — GREEN SAMURAI (45 points)
Complete Attendance: 5 points
Basketball: 10 points
Chicken Fight: 3 points
Chinese Garter: 10 points
Volleyball: 10 points
Baton Relay: 7 points

2nd Place — BLUE PHOENIX (42 points)
Complete Attendance: 10 points
Basketball: 7 points
Chicken Fight: 5 points
Chinese Garter: 5 points
Volleyball: 5 points
Baton Relay: 10 points

3rd Place — YELLOW PIRATES (32 points)
Complete Attendance: 7 points
Basketball: 5 points
Chicken Fight: 10 points
Chinese Garter: 7 points
Volleyball: 7 points
Baton Relay: 3 points

4th Place — RED DEVILS (24 points)
Complete Attendance: 3 points
Basketball: 3 points
Chicken Fight: 7 points
Chinese Garter: 3 points
Volleyball: 3 points
Baton Relay: 5 points

The punishment was given to the Red Devils who scored the lowest over-all. The punishment was putting clothespin in their faces and pulling them simultaneously.


Congratulations to the winning team! To all those who did not win, there is still a next time.

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: Louine Hope Conserva, Mario Lorenzo Bravo, Maxine Angeles Facebook Accounts

The Very First Kpop Cover Idol Sports Competition: IKO Olympics


You wouldn’t know but many times did Iloilo Kpop Organization staff dreamed of having something like MBC Idol Sports Competition. Many attempts to plan it but failed.

However, this year, at last, that dream will come true on the 23rd of November at Iloilo Sports Complex starting at 7am. Of course, you will see Iloilo Kpop cover artists and IKO staff play in major games such as Basketball and Volleyball, and minor games like Tug of War, Baton Relay and you might not imagine it, Chinese Garter.

Many cover artists confirmed their presence and were group into four teams. Check out this list:


So if you wanna watch and cheer for these cover artists, don’t hesitate to come to the Iloilo Sports Complex on the event day. It will be a fun day for everyone!

Check the time schedule of each game in here:

Time Scheduling of Games
Time Activity
7:00-7:30 Arrival of players and staff
7:30-8:00 Entrance, Parade and Opening Program
8:00-8:15 Random Selection of Playing Teams
8:15-8:45 Basketball First Game (1 vs 2)
8:45-9:15 Basketball Second Game (3 vs 4)
9:15-9:45 Volleyball First Game (1 vs 2)
9:45-10:15 Volleyball Second Game (3 vs 4)
10:15-10:45 Basketball Third Game (loser vs loser)
10:45-11:15 Volleyball Third Game (loser vs loser)
11:15-1:00 Lunch Break
1:15-1:45 Chinese Garter
1:45-2:00 Baton Relay
2:00-2:30 Tug of War
2:30-3:00 Break Time
3:00-3:30 Volleyball Finals
3:30-4:00 Basketball Finals
4:00-4:30 Announcement of Winners, Awarding, Punishment.

[November 2014] COVER ARTIST OF THE MONTH: They Are The Best — 5NE1

185174_357884760955957_1294478787_n“THEY ARE THE BEST” — That statement doesn’t mean that the writer is biased, but that statement was taken from the song “Naega Jeil Jal Naga” which translated as “I Am the Best”, the representative song of one of the untouchable groups in Kpop, 2NE1.

5ne1 is the official 2ne1 dance cover group in Iloilo Kpop Organization. It has been three years since their debut, but there hasn’t been a lot of events that these girls performed. Though this is the circumstance, they had already proven their worth and competency in just a few public appearances.



Janiley Luzarita “En-En” as CL


Taralyn Alminaza “Tara” as Dara


Joyce Maxene Clement “Max” as Bom


Dorothy Jane Sumulat “Dory” as Minzy


Prior to debut, 5ne1’s dance video was played during Iloilo Kpop Organization fourth gathering in May 2011. They covered a remix of 2ne1 hit songs “Fire” and “I Am the Best”



5ne1 first showed their faces and performed in public last October 29, 2011 at the Iloilo Kpop Mini-Concert under Kiss Media managed by GeeDee former member (Now, IKO Staff) Ailea Alarcon. They appeared wearing gold jackets plus the identical hairstyles that caught everyone’s attention. They had a member replacement for CL’s role that time due to some schedule conflicts.



At their attendance in the Iloilo Kpop Music Awards 2012, En-en was chosen as the “Fashionista Yeoja” of the night with her daring CL-like outfit to perform 2ne1’s “I Love You.”

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Though they weren’t able to take home any awards from their nominations during the award ceremony, they have shown everyone an amazing and shocking performance. As you can hear in the video, there were loud cheers and yells from the very satisfied audience. Some Beat by Arts members helped making their performance more majestic as back up dancers.

And so everyone expected highly from them as they joined the Iloilo Kpop Organization Dance Cover Contest last November 30, 2013 in SM City Iloilo.

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And they never failed everyone who trusted and supported them by taking home the Champion trophy for the girls category showing off their talents in their cover of “Do You Love Me” and “Falling In Love.”

Other Performances:

An explosive performance during the Korean-Filipino Friendship Festival 2012 Fashion Show.

Showing once again their IKMA 2012 performance at KFEST 2012.

Invading their fellow Antiquenons as they performed during Iloilo Kpop Organization’s Fifth Anniversary tour in Bugasong, Antique’s BUGAS SA LUSONG FESTIVAL 2014.

And their performance with the absence of Tara, temporarily replaced by Kin (GIZIBE member, former GeeDee member, Juniel cover artist), in the #FUNKpop event last July 2014 in SM City Iloilo Event Centre.

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If you don’t always attend Iloilo Kpop Organization events, you might miss the chance of seeing these girls perform, or you might have only seen them just once or twice.

They are rarely seen but they are always awaited. Their video performances would define why IKO members and non-members love seeing them so much.

And just like the 2ne1 members, each member of this group has her own unique personality. If you get to know and interact with them in person, you would know that they truly fit with the members they cover. You would say, “Hey, Tara is 4-dimensional like Dara” or “Dory is so cool like Minzy”  and some other comments for En-en and Max as well.

The members are no longer girls but, now, are women who work hard to live with their dreams and profession. Due to schedule problems and other issues in their private lives, we may not be able to see them often as usual, but we will always expect something good when they are present. And that we can then say..

“You are the best, 5ne1.”

[OCTOBER 2014] COVER ARTIST OF THE MONTH: As powerful as an EL!TE!

1004742_531217150267378_387533963_nPeople always ask, “Is there an f(x) cover group in Iloilo?” and yes, the answer is… THERE IS, and we call them EL!TE.

They debuted last May 11, 2014 at Iloilo Kpop Organization’s Fourth Gathering back to back with the second generation SeoNyuShiDae cover group GeeDee. After that, they made several dance covers of f(x) songs in both Iloilo Kpop Organization events and in Youtube. These girls were discovered by Hyunie of R-ME, and are one of the first groups from DJ Empire.

Some who just recently discovered the organization or just recently exposed themselves in the Kpop fandom world in Iloilo may not know them as a group, but they had been active until today. Only that like f(x), they usually take breaks at some events. Given the fact that it is hard to follow an f(x) dance routine, the time they have to practice together is also an intervening variable. It is not easy to cover f(x) after all!

Anyway, for the new Iloilo Kpop cover artists enthusiasts, the group may be unfamiliar, but it’s 101% sure that you have seen or know one or two members from this group.

Current Members:

Chijun or Junifer Lhynne Sunaz

Cover Name: Chijun
Real Name: Junifer Lhynne Sunaz
Additional Details:
– Hosted several Iloilo Kpop Organization events in SM City and Iloilo Kpop Music Awards 2012 along with Iveca Cale Ignacio (IKO founder and past KIMSSHI Leader)

- Performs with another cover group in Anigumi Joukai (Iloilo’s biggest Cosplay Guild)

Cloud or Katherine Joy Caberoy

Cover Name: Cloud
Real Name: Katherine Joy Caberoy

Additional Details:
– Performed as BoA in the last KFEST 2012 at SM City Iloilo.

Minjie or Lae Doren Dutchilla

Cover Name: Minjie
Real Name: Lae Doren Dutchilla

Additional Details:
- A swimmer that represents Iloilo.

Cheii or Blanche Salarda

Cover Name: Cheii
Real Name: Blanche Salarda

Additional Details:
– Search for the Next Super Idol Season 2 Champion
– Covers CL of 2ne1 as a solo artist and as the leader of the project group GIZIBE along with Iveca (IU/past member of Kimsshi), Kin (Juniel/past member of GeeDee) and Kem (BEStar/C2K/past member of Girlfriend)
– Received the ‘One of a Kind Yeoja Award’ in Iloilo Kpop Party 2014 as best dressed in girls category.

Chunny or Nicole Anacita
Cover Name: Chunny
Real Name: Nicole Anacita

Additional Details:
– Newest member of EL!TE. Joined in late 2012 replacing former member Jeian.

Previous Member:

Jeian or Joan Jaranilla
Cover Name: Jeian
Real Name: Joan Jaranilla

Additional Details:
– Played Britanny S. Pierce in Iloilo’s Biggest Musical Gleeorious.
– Performer/Artist in Iloilo’s local TV Show “Kids n’ More”

Performances, Online Covers and Solo Activities:

Their debut performance was in the Iloilo Kpop Organization 4th Gathering with Lachata and NU ABO.

Then they made a video cover of NU ABO uploaded in Youtube.

They also performed Chocolate Love, Chu and Pinnochio at the Iloilo Kpop Mini-Concert in 2011. They also showed their vocal in their other performance during the show.

Cloud performing as BoA dancing to Eat You Up at KFEST 2012.

Chijun/Juni doing the opening number performing 15&’s Somebody at Kpop High: Back to School with Kpop event in SM City.

Cheii’s wiining performance in the Search for Super Idol Season 2 last September 2014.

Other Covers:

At times when f(x) doesn’t have a new song, or EL!TE doesn’t have much time to perfect an f(x) routine, they cover other artists.

Please Be My Baby by Wonder Girls was covered and uploaded in Youtube as well.

El!te’s performing “Beatles” by Kpop group, G.I., in Kpop High: Back to School with Kpop event at SM City in July 2013.


A glimpse of how fun these girls could be together.


So let’s say these girls did not start as friends, have their own share of friendly quarrels, and not as always present as some other groups, but looking at how they transformed from the GIRLS who just innocently started as cover artists to LADIES who are now used to perform on stage, you’ll definitely say that they grew individually and a group as powerful as their name.


Look at these innocent faces. Do you see the glints in their eyes? Do you see the oozing fighting spirit that they want to convey? These girls are saying that they are ready. Ready to show the Iloilo Kpop world what they’ve got.



And yes they have grown. More lovable, and more confident.

They are not best of friends, they don’t see each other most of the time. The only time they are together is when they are practicing and performing as EL!TE. But they share a fun and loving friendship that they know they will treasure forever not just as cover artists but also the moments they experienced as members of the group. It is! EL!TE is the word that made them together.

The group name is not much familiar especially to the new ones, but they are considered one of the most successful groups in Iloilo Kpop Organization for still staying stronger together until now.

Hoping to see more of EL!TE not just individually but as a group. Cheers for the elites!!!

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: Individual members of EL!TE accounts, and EL!TE Official Facebook Account.
Videos From: DJentEmpire Official Youtube Account, Rate Works, Kimsshi Official Youtube Channel

Korean Tradional and Modern Fashion Show 2014

Along with Iloilo Kpop Organization’s event (Search for the Next Super Idol 2 and Who Is Next: Kpop Dance Cover Battle) was the annual Korean Fashion Show where they showcase both Traditional and Modern fashion in South Korea.

The fashion show was lead by the Iloilo Korean Community Association in collaboration with MK Academy where ESL students from the said school took over the runway, and of course, fan girls and boys hearts.

Hanbok is Korea’s national costume and like our Barong Tagalog and Baro’t Saya (or Filipiniana) in the Philippines, it also comes in variations.

16 Kids and adults both exhibited different designs of Hanbok from those worn casually by a normal citizen to those worn by the elites from Joseon Dynasty to present.

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Aside from the traditional costumes, they also displayed this generation’s style — the Korean Way.

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We all know that nowadays, the Koreans have immersed as fashion icons of the world and so a lot look up in their fashion industry from their idols, actors and actresses to models, which we discern visually from the dramas to their music and variety that are exported to promote their culture all around the planet.

This year’s Korean Fashion Show was one of the highlights of this year’s celebration of the Korean Festival.

We hope to see more of it next year!

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: Eunice Prudente and Diosa Rodica Facebook Accounts

What Happened During the Korean Festival 2014 in Iloilo?

Korean Festival Week celebration started from September 22-26. From Monday to Friday, a lot of stuff were prepared inside SM City Iloilo to let Ilonggo’s experience the beauty of Korean culture with the showcase of food, arts, talents and fashion.

Iloilo Kpop Organization helped in the showcase of talents with two contests on September 25th. The program started with an opening TROT number. Trot means “folk song” or songs of Koreans during the early 1910s to the 70s.

The emcees Dasmille Buendia and Iveca Ignacio (Iloilo Kpop Organization Staff) also wore their simply-made Hanbok (Korean Traditional Costume) to create a mix of tradition and modernization.


The first contest was the second season of The Search for the Next Super Idol, which has lesser contestants this year than last year due to the schedule of the event, which is a Thursday. It was held on a Saturday last year.

The contestants were:
Nikka covering N of VIXX
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Blanche as CL of 2ne1

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Crizza as Hyuna of 4minute

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Marc as Taeyang of BIGBANG

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The second contest was entitled WHO IS NEXT: KPOP DANCE COVER BATTLE. There were 7 competing groups of girls and boys. There was a twist in their performance. They need to incorporate a first generation idol or a trot song in their performances. Once again, that is to emphasize the mixture of tradition and modernization.

Efix as f(x) – lacking Sulli – dancing to RED LIGHT

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Beat By Arts as Best Absolute Perfect (B.A.P) dancing to ANGEL 1004.

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C2K as BESTie dancing to HOT BABY

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Project A as SECRET dancing to I’m in Love

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SPICE covering SPICA


Flair giving Happiness as Red Velvet

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GeeDee with Girls Generation’s Mr.Mr.

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The two contests were judged by Sherin Ashtrid Hidayat the president of University of the Philippines Visayas Rhapsody, and a stage actress from Prima Galaw who protrayed Kim of Miss Saigon and Ariel of Little Mermaid;  Carmel Calzar, former Taeyeon cover artist and a member of Philippines’ first Girls Generation cover group TuhTuh Girls; David Quioge, the leader of Iloilo Kpop Organization’s first cover boy group, Kakkoi Boys; and the chief judge was Abz Pajemolin also known as DJuke, who is a well-known hiphop artist in Iloilo and won last year season of the Search for the Ultimate Super Idol as Jay Park.

Blanche Salarda who portrayed the Baddest Female CL won the Search for the Next Super Idol Season 2. Watch her performance:

The Girls Generation cover group, GeeDee, can’t believe with their first 1st Win in years. Watch their performance here:

2nd and 3rd Place in Super Idol 2 were Crizza as Hyuna and Marc as Taeyang while 2nd and 3rd Place in the Kpop Dance Cover Battle were taken by Beat By Arts and Project A.

There was a Korean Fashion Show afterwards with Korean ESL students on the runway and a production number with the emcees and all the contestants.

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And the show ended with a cover of Jay Park by Abz Pajemolin.

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Congratulations to all the winners! Hope to see you again next year for another Korean Festival!



Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: Eunice Prudente and Diosa Rodica Facebook Accounts
Videos from: Rate Works

NOM Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary in Iloilo


It was September 26~ NOM (No Other Man) was back in Iloilo to join the celebration of the Korean Festival 2014. And of course, September 26 is also the day of their anniversary. How lucky Iloilo fans to celebrate the very special day with them!

Yong Ki, Ah In, K and Yohan performed together on stage as a four-member group (this time without their rapper Hu). They performed their singles “You It You” (Neoya Neo) and “Pretty Noona” (Noona Neomu Yeppeo) with Ah In singing Hu’s part. Though lacking one member, they filled the stage with presence, charisma and talent.

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They also had covers of our favorite KPOP acts such as 2AM “This Song” (I Norae), 2PM’s “Again and Again”, Super Junior’s “Mr. Simple”, and their most talked about performance of Sistar’s “Push Push” which made fans stomp their feet with excitement. They also threw back some hits in the 90s and early 2000s with H.O.T and g.o.d songs.

Solo and duo stages were also highlights in the show. Yohan performed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” feat. Ah In on the rap, K sang Micheal Buble’s “Home”, Yong Ki did a solo of Neyo’s “Because of You.” [I’m sorry I don’t know the title of Ah In’s solo song]

Here are some of their pictures:

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The staff of Iloilo Kpop Organization planned a FAN PROJECT ahead of time to make this day special for the members. With CEO Jung Young Bae’s help, the IKO staff wearing their NOM black bias name shirt (with some other IKO members, who are also NEYBs, wearing white bias name shirt in the audience) surprised them on stage with a cake and a gift (their portraits painted using water color). They were very happy seeing the surprised gift Ilonggo fans have given them.

Here’s the video of what happened:

The painting that was given as their anniversary gift was painted in water color by Ms. Mary Camille Salarda who is famous among Kpop fans in Iloilo for her paintings of EXO members in some exhibits and cafe’s in Iloilo.



A lot of new fans and old NEYBs lined up to have their CDs and posters signed after the show.
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The next day, IKO staff were able to say goodbye to them in the hotel before they head to the airport.


Hope they visit Iloilo again next year~~ <3

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos by: Mary Camille Salarda
Video by: Diosa Rodica